South sweeps North in Foursomes to wrest lead

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South finally showed its true worth and dominated North in the second Foursomes on Thursday, sweeping the four matches to wrest a big four-point lead, 10-6, heading to today’s conclusion of The Duel—a 12 singles match card at the Alabang Country Club.

Tony Lascuña and Clyde Mondilla stopped Randy Garalde and James Ryan Lam with an emphatic 4&3 romp, Jay Bayron and Ferdie Aunzo won the 18th hole and complete a 2-up victory over Miguel Tabuena and Mars Pucay, while Charles Hong and Jhonnel Ababa took the 17th hole for a 3&1 win over Michael Bibat and Jun Bernis.

Juvic Pagunsan and Rufino Bayron were all square with Carl Ocampo-Santos and Edward Reyes after No. 14 but the swept the next three holes to post a 3&1 triumph and complete South’s stirring shutout win in the event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

“I didn’t expect a sweep because the North’s lineup is also strong. I just fielded in the best from my team,” said South skipper Jerome Delariarte.

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The 4-0 rout came after the two teams fought on even terms in the first three matches, including another 2-2 draw in the second Fourball, keeping the match tied at 6 after the morning play of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

But the Southerners, with their top gunners Lascuna and Pagunsan put in the last two flights in the Foursomes, delivered in the final team play with all four pairs gaining the upperhand and momentum after nine holes.

Lascuna and Mondilla, teaming up for the four straight time, stretched their 1-up lead to 3-up by winning Nos. 10 and 11 and clinched the win after taking No. 14 and halving the next hole.

Jay Bayron and Aunzo went 2-up at the turn, yielded No. 14 but held on to keep the lead before frustrating the Tabuena-Pucay tandem by winning the 18th. Hong and Ababa also went 2-up after No. 15 then took the 16th for that 3&1 romp.

“They wanted to finish the second round on a high note. They talked to go for a sweep if they got the chance,” said Delariarte.

South needs only 4.5 points to clinch a second straight championship.

Despite the lead, Delariarte remains wary of their North rivals, who also took a 4-point lead into the singles matches but lost the Duel as South won nine of the 12 to rule the inaugural staging of the event.

Que cited South’s awesome putting while ruing his wards’ struggle on the putting surface but vowed to bounce back strong in the deciding singles matches.

“I think we lost because of putting. They holed out birdies from 2-3 pins away. They were also lucky but that is not to take anything from them. They played well in the afternoon. But win or lose, I’m still proud of by boys,” said Que.

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